A statement from the IRFU reads: “Following a scan Tadgh Beirne has been ruled out of the opening two rounds of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations with a knee injury. Connacht’s Quinn Roux has been called into the squad.
“Adam Byrne will travel to Portugal as Andrew Conway picked up a knock against Exeter at the weekend and will be unable to train this week. Conway will be fully fit to train next week. Jack Conan will continue his treatment at Leinster this week and will be fully fit to train next week.
“Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath will remain with Leinster in order to gain game time in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend.
“All other players reporting niggles from the weekend will be managed by the Ireland medical team in Portugal.”
Ireland are the latest Six Nations team to be hit with late injury news. England have concerns over Owen Farrell, Brad Shields and Joe Launchbury, while Scotland have lost Hamish Watson, while Wales look to have lost Taulupe Faletau among others.
Beirne had just finished a stellar European Champions Cup pool stage campaign, making 13 turnovers, more than any other player in the competition.
Munster second-row Tadhg Beirne leads the Heineken Champions Cup with 13 turnovers won in the pool stages…
Nobody has managed to win 13 turnovers last three Champions Cups ? pic.twitter.com/Mc5AI6TSDF
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